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This person migrated to New England during Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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There are many different versions of John's birth.
- Anderson states he was from Somersetshire and was born about 1583, based on the estimated date of his first marriage
- 1579 Burlescombe, Devon, England
- One merged profile had birth 1583 in South Pertherton, Somerset, England.
- John Woodbury was born in Somerset, England around 1579.
- Son Humphrey by his testimony age 72 in 1680(?} was born about 1608. So John would most likely have been born prior to 1587.
He died between Dec 3 1641 (he attended a meeting) and Feb 8 1642/3 (will proved at court)
Conflicted Marriage: Husband: John Woodbury; Wife: Agnes Napper; Marriage: Date: 19 MAR 1627; Place: Salem, Massachusetts (Essex) There is no information to suggest that John married in 1627 at Salem.
John married Annis Napper in 1628, while he was back in England. She joined him in Massachusetts. They had the following children: John (1629), Hannah (1636), Abigail (1637), and Peter (1640).
Savage (Gen. Dict.) suggests that he may have had a second wife. Agnes was the name of his widow (probate records). The wife that came from England was the mother of Humphrey (Humphrey's testimony).
Immigration Conflicted Immigration: 1622/3, Cape Ann, New England
Conflicted Immigration: from Somersetshire England about 1624/5 See the testimony of his son Humphrey below.
Conflicted immigration: 1626, SDATE 1 JUL 1626, Place: Salem, New England 
"16: 12mo:1680. Humphry Woodberye, of Beverly in New England, aged about 72 yeares. Testifieth, that when I liued in Sumersetshire in England, I remember that my father, John Woodberye, (since deceased) did about 56 yeares agoe remooue for new England & I then traueled with him as farr as Dorchester, and I understood that my said father came to new England by order of a company caled Dorchester Company, …& that my father & the company with him brought cattle & other things, to Cape Ann, for plantation work, & there built an house & kept theire cattell & sett up fishing & afterwards some of them remoued to a neck of land since called Salem: After about 3 yeares absence my said father returned to England & made us acquainted with what settlement they had made in new England & that he was sent back by some that Intended to setle a plantation about 3 leagues west of Cape Ann, to further this designe, after about half a year's stay in England, my father returned to new England & brought me with him, wee arrived at the place now caled Salem in or about the month of June 1628 … "When wee settled the Indians never then molested us in our improuements or sitting downe, either on Salem or Beverly sides of the ferry, but shewed themselves very glad of our company, & came & planted by us & oftentimes came to us for shelter saying they were afraid of their enemy Indians up in the country: & wee did shelter them wn they fled to us. & we had theire free leave to build & plant where wee have taken up lands."
In 1628, John Endicott arrived in New England with a patent from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, claiming jurisdiction and ownership of the Dorchester Company a tradition says that John and one other carried Endicott from the ship (stranded on a sand bar) to the shore. This would save Endicott the embarassment of arriving on shore wet.
In Salem John filled the offices of constable, lot layer, surveryor, town treasurer, selectman, juryman
John Woodberye is listed among the first members of the Salem church built in 1636.The Records of the First Church in Salem. Print version downloaded .pdf</ref>
"John and Agnes, the emigrants who came from Somersetshire, Eng. and landed at Gloucester, Mass. in 1624; settled at Salem 1628. William brother of John, came over with Endicott in 1628, and settled at Salem; married Elizabeth Patch, of Petherton, Eng. Both brothers had quite a no. of children. Some of both families were born and baptised in England; it is thought all the Woodburys in this country sprang from these brothers. In 1630 both families moved to Beverly. Wm. settled on the seashore at what is now called Woodbury Point, built a garrison house which stood until 50 years ago. John Conant surveyed 1,000 acres at the head of Bass river. The General Court gave him a grant of 200 acres from this tract on which he settled. In the history of Beverly it is stated that John was a member of the General Court in 1635, and again in 1638. It is stated that he died in 1641. His age is not given, but probably about 85 years. He was called "Father Woodbury," a title it is thought might have been given him as one on whom many leaned for counsel and advice. He was regarded as standing next to Conant in intelligence and usefulness to the colony. His descendants are numerous, and many still live around the spot that witnessed his trials." 
- ↑ Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. Volumes I-III, 3 vols. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.
- ↑ Source: #S3385 TMPLT FIELD
- ↑ Salem Town Records and Essex Quarterly Court Records Vol 1
- ↑ Source: #S3385
- ↑ Magazine of American genealogy, Issues 18-27.
- ↑ Magazine of American genealogy, Issues 18-27.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Derby, Perley. "John Woodbury and some of his Descendants" Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volume XXXV
- ↑ See testimony of his son Humphrey below
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 William and John Woodbury entry, Search for the Passengers of the Mary and John 1630 25 [New Ancestral Discoveries]:78-79; digital images, FamilySearch Photoduplication Service (accessed 2014). Reports John Woodbury came first on the "Zouch Phonix." Refers to article at 18:157-159 for ancestral research.
- ↑ Thornton, John Wingate. The landing at Cape Anne, or, The charter of the first permanent colony on the territory of the Massachusetts Company:... Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1854. Note this was originally part of a court record,- not Essex County. Massachusetts Bay?
- ↑ 11.0 11.1
- ↑ Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy, Press of W.B. Conkey Co., Chicago, ILL. , 1898, by Frederick Clifton Pierce. Attached..
- See also
- Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols. (1995), 3:2054-2057 for John Woodbury article; digital images, AmericanAncestors.org (accessed 2012).
- Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates ancestral lines : a memorial volume containing the American ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes, 2 vols. (1931-1943), 2:823-826 for John^1 Woodbury; digital images, Hathi Trust (accessed 2014). [This work is also available via Heritage Quest.]
- http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=adgedge&id=I10128 'This has a nice list of sources to look at
- Source: S3385 Ancestral File (R) Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998)
- Magazine of American genealogy, Issues 18-27, Institute of American Genealogy., 1931
- 'Combined pieces from Google search and Snippet views, photos attached. My typing and editing, please double check items in question. Entered by Michael Lechner, March 14, 2012. Missing piece. :page 121, June 23, 1639; tailor; assessor or tax collector, 1657; will made Nov. 1673; inventory amounted to L230; m. Mary -----; m. 2d. Elizabeth (d. Nov. 10, 1675), poss, dau. of Joseph Herrick; issue (all b. Salem); 1-John (bap. Jan. 20, 1638/39-d. 1645/46); 2-Mary (bap. Sept. 19, 1640-d. Aug. 1659); m. 1658, Mighill Cressey, of Salem; 3-Abigail (B. Feb. 12, 1642/43-d. 1666). m. Sept. 1665, Sgt. Peter Woodbury (bap. Sept. 7, 1640-d. July 5, 1704), son of John and Agnes Woodbury, who came from ...
- Magazine of American genealogy, Issues 18-27, Institute of American Genealogy., 1931.
- Lechner Family History, compiled by Michael Lechner, with my father Ted Harrold Lechner.
- WikiTree profile Woodbury-165 created through the import of ChambersBarneshistory.ged on Oct 19, 2011 by Charlene Chambers. Michael Lechner,, Audrey Neva, * WikiTree profile Woodbury-148 created through the import of mike_walton_2011.ged on Aug 20, 2011 by Mike Walton, by Michael Lechner,, Woodbury-495 was created by Mark Stuckenborg.
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On August 11, 2014 at 21:55GMT Anne B wrote:
I like the idea of a free space profile, to document the good stuff, and also the bad stuff, especially if you can then refute the bad stuff with good sources.
If you need help or want to bounce ideas around, I am willing.
On August 11, 2014 at 21:33GMT GeneJ X wrote:
(1) Unless someone objects, I plan to set up a free space profile to document some of the authored works concerning John, especially those where the authors documented their references.
(2) The purported daughter Susan was almost certainly not born a Woodbury. See Leslie Mahler, “The English Origin of the Hunter and Hollingsworth Families of Salem, Massachusetts,” _The American Genealogist_ 78 (2003):241-244; digital images, _AmericanAncestors.org_ (accessed 2013).
Our of space.
(Separately, am creating a profile about his daughter Abigail (m. John Hill). She seems not entered yet to WikiTree. I may not connect her until we try to sort of the other conflicting reports.)
On July 5, 2014 at 13:35GMT Anne B wrote:
On September 20, 2013 at 20:42GMT Joshua Allen wrote: